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Health-care spotlight

March 28, 2005

Employee honored at Jefferson Memorial


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The American Association for Health Education (AAHE) has selected Dr. Ruth Kershner as the recipient of the AAHE Health Education Professional of the Year Award for the college/university category. Kershner is a clinical associate professor in the West Virginia University Department of Community Medicine.

"We are so fortunate to have Ruth as a faculty member here at WVU. Her teaching efforts reach far beyond this campus. Ruth plays a major role in educating communities throughout the state and around the nation, so it comes as no surprise that she has been honored with this national award," said Dr. John E. Prescott, dean of the WVU School of Medicine.

The former Ruth Whiteley, a native of Hagerstown, is a 1967 graduate of North Hagerstown High School.

She is a registered nurse, West Virginia certified in school health, and holds national credentials as a health education specialist. She teaches undergraduate courses in school health and a variety of graduate courses. She also serves as the alcohol educator for the WVU School of Medicine.

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Kershner's interests include substance abuse education, violence prevention, rape prevention education, women's health, nursing care of the elderly and hospice. She has presented at state, national and international conferences about rape prevention. In addition, Kershner works in the community as a volunteer nurse, with community social justice groups and with the Planned Approach to Community Health (PATCH) program. She is a visiting assistant professor in the School of Physical Education and also serves as a faculty associate in the Center for Women's Studies.

The award will be presented to Kershner during the 2005 Chicago convention, Friday, April 15.

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